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April Simpkins

I became a mental health advocate in 2022 after my baby girl, Cheslie Kryst, succumbed to her battle with depression and died by suicide.

Mental Health Advocate

Meet April, a radiant soul dedicated to dismantling the shadows surrounding mental health. With unwavering compassion and boundless empathy, she champions the cause of breaking the stigma tethered to mental illness. April's journey is more than a mission, it is a heartfelt commitment fueled by her own battles, triumphs, and tragedy. 

April is a powerhouse in the realm of mental health advocacy, boasting certifications in QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention Training, Mental Health First Aid, and Emotional CPR. With relentless determination, she has tirelessly championed the cause. Her unwavering commitment and relentless drive serve as a testament to her unwavering dedication to the cause. 


Click on the images below to learn more about these and other certifications.

NAMI Ambassador

April stands as a proud ambassador for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization and a beacon of hope for those in need. NAMI's extensive reach spans hundreds of local affiliates and state organizations, offering vital resources, education, support, and community. Through their tireless advocacy efforts, NAMI provides invaluable services including peer-to-peer counseling for families and individuals navigating the complexities of mental health.

About Mental Illness

Educating ourselves  about mental health conditions  and the many warnings signs allow us to better support and advocate for ourselves and others. 

Outspoken Ally

Supporting employees' mental health is not just a moral imperative but also a strategic necessity for any organization committed to its workforce's well-being and productivity. Recognizing and addressing mental health concerns in the workplace fosters a culture of empathy, trust, and resilience. By prioritizing mental health support, employers demonstrate their commitment to their employees' holistic well-being, enhancing morale, and reducing stress levels.

April may be available to speak at your conference, leadership retreat, or meeting on the critical topic of mental health. 

In Honor Of Cheslie

Cheslie touched lives around the world. Her selflessness, compassion, and giving heart left an incredible legacy. Our family is honored to have endorsed the organizations below that have chosen to honor Cheslie by giving to others.


Click on the links below to learn more about the scholarships, funds, and generous organizations that have chosen to honor her.  

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